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April 22, 2014

Neil Eggleston named White House Counsel

by Dan Rodriguez

“Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials and experience to our team. He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.” –President Barack Obama

Yesterday President Obama named Northwestern Law alumnus, Neil Eggleston JD ’78, as his next White House Counsel.

This appointment acknowledges Neil’s vast experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Neil has been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in the firm’s government, regulatory, and internal investigations practice. No doubt, though, the President is tapping into Neil’s extensive experience representing high-profile cases and public figures by appointing him to this post. During the past 20 years, he has represented the Office of the President, the former White House Chief of Staff, a Secretary of Labor, a Secretary of Transportation, and a U.S. Senator. Perhaps most notably, Neil was an Associate White House counsel for the Clinton administration during the 1990’s and a member of the Iran-Contra Committee in 1987 where he questioned Reagan administration officials in a series of highly publicized public hearings. Earlier in his career, Neil served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Warren Burger and, during the 1980’s, was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York. Closer to home, Neil has been a member of our Law Board since 2000 where we, too, have been able to call on his wisdom and judgment.

Please join me in congratulating Neil on this important appointment.

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